Google’s launch of the Nexus One and the Nexus 7 have both been iconic moments of stupidity for me. Specifically because it’s the only time I can remember, where I’ve gone crazy trying to pre-order each of them. The Nexus One in particular was simply one of the most beautiful smartphones I’ve ever owned and used. It was thinner than thin, more powerful than powerful for its time, and as unlocked as I love phones to be. The Nexus 7, though not breaking any records in design, was simply a gorgeous tablet with an irresistible price.
With Google’s announcement of the Nexus 10 today, I’ll admit I’ve been both sad and skeptical at the same time. This is probably one of the ugliest tablets I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’m not kidding. The curved sides and the back just make it look like the second-hand Buick you hated but accepted since it was the only car your parents were willing to let you borrow as a teen. I was honestly waiting for Google to postpone their Nexus event to a later date in order to at least have Matias Duarte or Hugo Barra stand on stage to sell it to me. So far, the design just doesn’t have me convinced.
That said, there’s more to this Buick than meets the eye. Google clearly understood what they had to do to make this device something you’ll have a tough time resisting. I’m seriously looking at the press photos and thinking this once and twice and over and over again. I don’t like any of its exterior, but here’s why I’ll admit I’ll most probably order one:
It’s a Buick powered by Ferrari
Ok this is not just any tablet. It’s a very powerful one, if not the most powerful by today’s standards. First of all, the display is simply unmatched even by Apple’s Retina Display. At 2560 x 1600 resolution the 300 Pixels-Per-Inch leave the iPad trailing behind by a long shot.
The Exynos 5 SoC, which is A15-based along with the Mali T604 GPU, are also specs that shouldn’t be ignored. It’s hard to tell just how powerful this device will be when compared with Apple’s A6X on the fourth-generation iPad, but you bet that’ll be the first comparison we’ll have for you once these devices reach the Pocketnow labs.
It’s a Buick priced like a Hyundai
The only thing better than getting an ugly car with an awesome engine, is not having to feel guilty and about paying a lot for it. The Nexus 10 starts $100 cheaper than the cheapest iPad with Retina Display. If you’re in the market for a 10-inch tablet that you’ll most likely cover-up with a case anyway, it’s hard to look away from the Nexus 10.
That said, the choice isn’t as easy as just looking at the price tag. Android is terrible at tablet apps even after three generations of changes. Trying to compare a 10-inch Android tablet with little apps with 250,000 iPad apps makes those $100 of a price difference complicated for many of you.
It’s a Nexus tablet
Now if you’re an Android fan and an iPad is simply not in your desired horizon, we couldn’t recommend a better tablet to purchase. Specs and price aside, this is a Nexus tablet. That means that you won’t have to beg your OEM for a software update. You’ll be able to enjoy the best of Android on day one, and for those of us who know what it’s like to be neglected in the Honeycomb dark ages, this means a lot.
The bottom line
Google just made this holiday season ever more interesting. I’ll admit that the Nexus 10 has looks that only a Mother could love, but it also has power you’ll rarely find on any other tablet in the market. Deciding on one is a tough call if you value looks more than power, or if you value functionality more than a price tag. It definitely is a future-proof product if you think of it, but three years of a trashy history make it a grim future as well. I’ve still got a couple of days to think about buying it or not, and after falling in love with the Nexus 7, this is going to be a tough offer to turn down.
What about you? Do you like the Nexus 10 or would you prefer the iPad route? Leave us a comment down bellow with your next move.